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Top 3 Gas Weed Eater Review

Updated on April 1, 2011

Gas weed eater reviews: Poulan vs Hitachi vs Troy Bilt

Thanks to me buying an electric weed eater that was a tiny bit too small for what I was using it for, I burned up the little motor. Ok, I admit, it was pretty cool watching the smoke roll out, but it wasn't so cool when I remembered that now I had to buy a new one. Talk about taking the fun out of watching the smoke.

So, while I was digging around I figured there were other people out there searching as well, so I decided to create this hub and share my findings with you. Hopefully, it will save you some time and money not having to do it all yourself.

On with the show! The following are three of the top selling weed eaters: Poulan Pro PP125 and the Hitachi CG22EHSSLP and the Troy-Bilt TB415CS 26cc 4-Cycle Curve-Shaft Gas String Trimmer. To start, all 3 are excellent weed eaters, so you can't go wrong with any of them. What you'll want to consider is how you're going to use your weed eater. Do you have a large yard? help out your neighbours with their yard? Is it for commercial or personal use?

I've got a couple posts up elsewhere on weed eaters that you might want to check out while you're at it. I've posted the links below this section.

I've also created a spreadsheet you can print out an easier view of the comparisons, click here to see the spreadsheet. Here's the link to the electric weed eater spreadsheet: Click here.

Poulan Pro PP125
Poulan Pro PP125 | Source

Poulan Pro PP125

There's one area where the Poulan Pro has an advantage over the Hitachi, and it's a big one. Poulan Pro 25 cc 2-cycle gas trimmer is 6-tools-in-1:

  • trimmer
  • edger
  • blower
  • cultivator
  • brush cutter
  • or pole pruner.

It has a tap n' go head and a Sure Fire pull starting system that eliminates complications with the choke.

Product Features:

  1. 17" cutting width
  2. 25 cc's
  3. commercial grade
  4. weighs 15.8 lbs
  5. 2 year limited warranty

Customers who have bought the Poulan Pro PP125 say that it's easy to put together and easy to start, operates nearly fume and smoke free, and you can make the attachment changes really fast, and the attachments are a big hit. A couple suggested using a shoulder strap with it due to the weight.

The cons are hard to figure out. While some say it's easy to start, others say it isn't. Some say it idles well, others say it doesn't. Some say it's built nice, while others say it looks good, but it's cheap. One guy referred to Poulan as not being a brand name. I got a kick out of that one. Anyway, he lost all credibility with that one.

Gas weed eater reviews: Poulan PP125

Hitachi CG22EHSSLP
Hitachi CG22EHSSLP | Source

Hitachi CG22EHSSLP

Hitachi CG22EHSSLP

The reviews from customers on the Hitachi CG22EHSSLP are tops, so I'll begin with them first. They love the weight - 9.7 pounds is a dream. You can run it for a good 90 minutes "without your arms falling off." The ease of start & idling is tops. You can sit it on the ground and it's not going to crawl away. Best of all, they love the fact that it comes with a 7 year consumer warranty!

Product Features

1. 21.1cc commercial grade engine provides excellent performance and reliability

2.  S-Start reduces the amount of pull-force required to start the unit by 50%Anti-Vibration

3.  System provides maximum comfort for getting more done with less fatigue

4.  4-inch semi-automatic trimmer head provides hassle free operation and holds 13 feet of .095-inch co-polymer cutting line.Eligible for FREE shipping.

Like the Poulan, it has a 60" drive shaft.

Apologies for no video on the Hitachi CG22. All the videos I found on it were in Spanish and the guy spent more time talking than actually showing the weed eater itself. But if you want to see it in action, click here.

Troy-Bilt TB415CS 26cc 4-Cycle Curve-Shaft Gas String Trimmer

Troy-Bilt TB415CS 26cc 4-Cycle Curve-Shaft Gas String Trimmer
Troy-Bilt TB415CS 26cc 4-Cycle Curve-Shaft Gas String Trimmer | Source

Troy-Bilt TB415CS 26cc 4-Cycle Curve-Shaft Gas String Trimmer

Troy-Bilt TB415CS 26cc 4-Cycle Curve-Shaft Gas String Trimmer

Price: $159.58
Savings: $20.41

I'm sure you've all probably seen Troy-Bilt commercials for their tiller, but they also make mowers, tractors and other outdoor tools you need for your lawn or garden, and they are all top of the line. As much as I'm not keen on gas powered weed eaters, this one doesn't use a gas oil mixture to operate it. In fact, my personal opinion is this if you're going to buy a gas powered weed eater, this Troy-Bilt weed eater is the best for your money. You're just not going to find a better weed eater, and you'll see why I feel that way when you read the key features

Product Features:

1. 26 cc 4-cycle engine and uses less fuel

2. Runs clean and produces less noise

3. Easy to use

4. Does NOT require gas and oil mixing

5. Quick and easy head change to refill and rewind

6. Replace line without taking off spool or taking spool apart.

7. Starts with steady pull due to using spring assist starting

8. D-handle adjusts for right or left-handed use

9. Not for sale in California

10. Weighs 19 pounds

11. Doesn't accept attachments.

12. Downside, unlike other models, this one is not eligible for free shipping. Shipping cost is $13.89.

Now, the weight is the only thing I have against this weed eater, but with a strap it's not so bad. As for customer reviews, there are no complaints about the weight. They liked that it starts easier than other gas operated weed eaters, and one customer told how it operates. Here's what he said:

1. Prime it using the bulb
2. Put choke in position 1.
3. Pull about 5 - 10 times.
4. Put in position 2.
5. Pull to start. Fully choked.

He said it started on the 2nd pull. He was really impressed. He let it warm a little and returned it to position 3 and said in idle it purrs like a cat. Now, bear in mind, gas powered do obviously take a bit to get going, unlike it's cousin the electric. So, it really depends on what you want. Now here's the downside. I couldn't find a warranty on it. Not sure why it's not listed on Amazon. So, I did a bit of research on the Troy Bilt site, and although they didn't have this model listed, I found that the weed eaters they did show all had a 2 yr limited warranty, which is the norm.

What weed eater do you use?

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      Pam 3 years ago

      Wow...this is 2014...i woyld have thought that someone woyld have invented a more user friendly weed is what id like: gas powered...NO mixing fuel string problems...(isn't there a magic safety blade??) EASY PUSH BUTTON START ( HELLOoooo! What's with that???) And LIGHT weight EZ to manuever holding it from the waist. What's the problem??? Why cant they invent this? Become a millionare...get on it!

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      Bren Brennan 5 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you for digging up all this information and writing a very thorough report. I read the weedeater articles on your blog and they led me here. We have 1.5 acres and in the summer, my husband can hardly keep up. I would love to help him, but I'm only 5' 2" and can't use a heavy weedeater. You did a great job adding all the little details which are important to a data junkie, like me!